President Bush Starts Fires All Over the World. To Some Who Believe It; He Doesn’t Start Them, He Puts Them Out.
“President Bush is Going to Establish Elections in Iraq. He’s Going to Rebuild Infrastructures… Going to Create Jobs. He Said If It Works There, He’ll Try It Here.” – David Letterman.
A black comedy set in America between 2000 and 2004, ‘Bush Fires’ follows the life and death scenarios from four Americans who want their opinion about Bush and the United States to matter most.
Split into four sections, ‘Bush Fires’ covers all the bases with stereotype making a comeback in Christian cheerleader Mary-Beth; singer-wannabe Sammy is planning the assassination of George Bush; then true colours, stars and stripes are explored in Ben and Karen’s relationship. Who will start a war? This time, fires might not be put out.
The writers/performers Jason Chasland and Kate McGill have both graduated from the Wellington Performing Arts Centre (WPAC) with Diplomas in Performing Arts.
‘Bush Fires’ is an influential part of the Fringe, showing New Zealanders that American life affects us and how their own way of being affects them. The piece was inspired by the fact our own government and economy can’t survive without the U.S. If we ignore them: we’re shattered. If we follow their lead: we’re shattered. ‘Bush Fires’ explores the Americans who support the war, the Americans who don’t, the Americans who don’t give a damn, and some who just want to abide by laws of life…
‘Bush Fires’ is playing at the Paramount Theatre from the 1st to the 4th of March at 6pm. Tickets are $15/$12. For bookings or information, please call the Paramount on 04)384-4080, visit the website www.paramount.co.nz.